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Stores

December 4 2013

Here now and gone tomorrow. Summer is always too short which is why we love it so intensely and why we want to live it to the fullest.

To celebrate the kick-off of summer in Sydney, Rotate Store by The Cool Hunter in-sydney is dedicating its first-ever theme to the love of summer.

Rotate by TCH – Summer Lovers - is located at 1 Martin Place in the city’s urban hub where culture and commerce, cafés and high-end fashion meet, mix and mingle. (opposite the Xmas tree)

TCH has curated a cool summery product selection that reflects a sunny, playful vibe. There are beach towels and swimwear from the local brand “We are Handsome” as well as many international brands, including Danward thongs from Italy, beach bats and swimwear from Brazil and Bangkok.

As the summer themed selection will be available until mid February only, the goods will be gone fast. Here now and gone tomorrow. Just like summer itself.

The great execution of The Cool Hunter’s first Rotate store is by the talented Natalie Longheon and Peter Pengly of event company The Artistry. This young firm over delivered in record time by designing, producing, executing and styling in less than 2 weeks. We can't wait to get them involved in our next rotate store.

TCH Summer Lovers Store is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday 11am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays. You can also shop online but not everything is available from the online store.

The store is powered by Intel which we're so grateful for them coming on board early on in the development. Check out this awesome collaboration with Flume & Intel.

Flowers in our windows are by Poho in Potts Point who were also involved in our cool house project last year.

A huge thanks goes to our marketing agency from Melbourne FLAUNT MARKETING who always get involved with much enthusiasm. Brands wanting to get involved in our next few Rotate projects contact Sharyn Lowe. [email protected] We'll be popping up in Melbourne next year as well.

When you visit Summer Lovers store, you could win a free 3 night stay for 2 to Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island (voted best hotel in the world). Simply take a picture at the store, share it on Instragram using the hashtags - #tchsummerlovers and #qualia and you’ll be in the running.

Images by Felix Forest

Architecture

November 30 2009

Architects Anton Žižek and Marjan Poboljšaj, both of whom graduated in 1997, are being noticed consistently at European events and competitions for their progressive design work — from interior design and furniture concepts to architecture. They are the founders of Superform, based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.


 
Recently, Superform created an interesting retreat for a private client by combining two existing buildings in the town of Ljubno ob Savinji, 70 kilometers from the capital.
 
The first house that resembles the traditional buildings of the valley is monolithic and introverted and contains the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Its main materials are wood and stone.


 
Housing the living room, dining room and a large hall, the second house resembles a boat anchored in the green bay and is more extroverted, open an modern than the first. Its materials are glass, steel, Rheinzink and wood. The combined structure looks bold, yet agrees with its environment and looks entirely livable. Not an easy feat to achieve. - Tuija Seipell

Music

November 19 2009

What is it that makes Australian electro duo Tim & Jean so special? That's not meant as a corny opening line for this feature, that's a genuine question. We really want to know what kind of magic potion is running through the water in their hometown of Perth or how many virgins one needs to sacrifice in order to have what they have.

With just one song circulating around at the moment, the blissful synth-pop jam Come Around, Tim & Jean have already blown bloggers and industry types away. Indeed, after wowing Australian audiences as part of Triple J radio’s Unearthed competition, the duo has found itself in the middle of a major label bidding war in the US, cementing its buzz as the next big thing set to go supernova in 2010.

On Come Around the kids, and yes I do mean kids as the two are just 15 and 18 respectively, show off a surprisingly masterful knack for melding mirror-ball electronics with stomping choruses and irresistible hooks. With more gold like this on the way now's the ideal time to fall for Tim & Jean as you can bet you'll be hearing a lot of them very soon. Listen below. - Dave Ruby Howe

See also 21 yr old Australian Jonathan Boulet

Travel

June 26 2010

OMG! This is insane! Those were the most common — and in some situations the only — comments we made during our stay at Saffire Freycinet, the luxury resort that just-opened on Tasmania’s East Coast in Australia.


 
Very few resorts manage to get all the ingredients right when opening but we can assure you, this beauty of a hotel has ticked all the right boxes. We were literally left speechless — and that takes some doing — as we feasted our eyes on the breathtaking vistas, indulged our senses in our gorgeous suite and in the spa, and devoured the food that made any thought of a diet ridiculous. A four-hour walk on the pristine beach helped, too.


 
These were the first notes we scribbled just after departing: “Expectations were far exceeded. The resort, the location, the backdrop, the mountain walks, the spa, the room, the excellent service, the attention to detail, the happy staff, and the food, OMG the food! — Saffire is truly one of Australia's most exciting places to stay.” Without wanting to sound cocky, it takes a lot to get us to write something like this.


 
In the suite, the amazing bathroom was all marble with heated tiles. Our suite’s amenities included, of course, wireless internet and remote controlled blinds, but the best part was the sweet turn-down service. They supplied a hot water bottle for the bed and a thermos of hot chocolate as it is winter in Tasmania.


 
One of the highlights of our stay was Saffire’s restaurant Palate. The multi-course degustation menus matched with the outstanding local wines are the specialty of head chef, Hugh Whitehouse, who is an Australian icon and a master of fresh, local, imaginative food prepared and served with style, love and care. We would go back for the food alone.


 
Designed by Tasmanian architects Morris Nunn and Associates, Saffire consists of only 20 suites ranging in size from 80 m² (860 sq. Ft.) to 140 m² (1506 sq. ft.). The buildings are super-modern yet reflect the surrounding environment perfectly. Waves, manta rays, sand dunes are all forms that come to mind both inside and out.


 
The interior design, by Chhada Siembieda Australia, takes advantage of the surrounding materials and vistas. Stone and timber are the key materials but they are used in a light, airy fashion. The colour palette reflects the surroundings as well focusing on soft grays, greens and a snap of orange.


 
It truly was an amazing stay, and it felt sinfully delicious to work on our laptops while surrounded by this kind of luxury and gazing at the amazing views this place affords. - Bill Tikos

Rates start from $1550 per night, per suite for 2 people and includes dinner, all beverage. 

Design

May 3 2013

The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot... a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.

But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.

The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designerJustin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia

Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.

Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.

Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.

Base model is $330 and $420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels. They can be purchased from our brand new online store here. (free delivery)

Design

May 3 2013

The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot... a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.

But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.

The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designerJustin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia

Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.

Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.

Packaging designed by Fernando Volken Togni.

Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.

Base model is A$330 and A$420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels.

Mention TCH for free international shipping

Lifestyle

June 5 2013

 

If you attended our Xmas pop up events in Melbourne & Sydney last year and missed out on some goods, we've now launched our online store exclusively for Australian & New Zealand readers only. We'll be updating the store weekly. (click on the images below)

Lee Broom Table Lamp A$330.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Squirrel Pencil Sharpener $17.00 Leather Pencil Holder With Pencils A$110.00 Candy Vase A$280.00 Tea Egg Infuser A$19.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Tom Dixon Candles $89.00 Koo Koo Letterbox With Side Panels $420.00 Atollo Table Lamp A$2,300.00 Iitalla Sarjaton Glass Tumbler A$55.00 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker A$69.00 Passport Wallet A$55.00 Chalk Money Box A$90.00 Luxury Dog Bed $279.00 iPhone 5 Case $60.00 Tid Designer Watch A$210.00 Turf Paper Weight A$75.00 Francoise Nielly Print A$1500.00 Geo Thermos A$95.00 Tom Dixon Paddle Chopping Board A$165.00

Architecture

July 29 2013

We are quite easily charmed. Or, perhaps more truthfully: When certain elements exist we are highly likely to take a second look.
 
Give us beautiful use of wood, minimalist approach, classic lines, incorporation of nature in design, and we are intrigued.


 
And, if you can add that elusive ‘something,’ that special stroke of genius that makes your design unique, delightful, quirky, even weird, and we will really take a really good look.
 
The Tree Snake House in Pedra Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade fits the bill perfectly.


 
The Lisbon-based architect duo has worked in the spa town of Pedras Salgadas in northern Portugal for some time, creating an Eco-Resort in the park. The resort huts are little eco-lodges made of modular systems and built on stilts.
 
The two Tree Snake Houses have many of the same characteristics and the architects worked with the Modular System Company to come up with innovative ways to create the feel of a tree house.


 
Each Tree Snake House has a studio, a bathroom and a kitchen.


 
The architects are working on additional versions of the Tree Snake House for different environments and climates, including mountainside, riverbank, urban and sand. They expect those to be available to purchase to the general public.



So, we suggest you start saving up for your own Snake House now. We certainly have been snake-charmed and can picture our office in one of them one day! - Tuija Seipell
 


Photographer: Ricardo Oliveira Alves for TCH

See also Treelife by TCH

Art

November 27 2013

Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery?

We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW.

The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph.

Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image will transport you to your favourite seaside places as they expand and calm down any interior with its serene atmosphere and gorgeous colours. Now, just take a deep breath and relax.

 



Buy it here - Exclusive to TCH store.

 

Fashion

October 1 2013

With the spring comes our need to refresh not just our wardrobes and homes but our accessories, too. An easy way to “spring-up” your look is to change to a chic, light-weight linen tote. We think we’ve found the perfect one that signals summer and beach and antiquing and shopping for veggies in the open-air market, yet looks stylish enough for office.

These beautiful totes are made from high-quality linen that has been dyed using a special colour-gradient technique and mineral pigments to achieve the stylish, sun-bleached, well-loved look.

The bags are also linen-lined, and the lean-yet-sturdy handles are made of natural leather, as is the removable, zippered purse.



Perfect for travel, shopping, work and beach, these light-weight bags will not only freshen-up your look, they will replace all other totes in your closet.

Be the first to get hold of these bags in Australia and New Zealand. Casual never looked this chic before.
 

 

Architecture

April 4 2014

Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.


 
Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard.

The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house.



The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1951. Just as Mies’s famous dwelling appears to be floating above the landscape, Woodward’s pavilion seems to float on the lily pond, creating a scene straight from a Monet painting.



Achieving the appearance of effortless floating became a particularly challenging aspect of this project. To gain the approvals of the local council, the building had to be raised twice during the building process.

The area is flood-prone and the finished floor level had to be half-a-meter above the “1 in 100 year” flood level although there is a dam with two overflow spill ways. In spite of the two forced raises, the structure has retained its feel of floating and the residents can still enjoy the sensation of walking on water.



Our eyes were drawn initially to the clean lines and basic materials - steel, concrete, glass, sandstone – with wood the dominant feature. Complexity is easy, but elegant, functional minimalism requires restraint and tact, both evident in this lovely villa.

We can imagine – and envy – the guests loving the relaxed, cool feeling of waking up in this pavilion, with the warm morning breeze gently shifting the white drapes. - Tuija Seipell

Art

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Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery?

We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW in Australia.

The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph.

Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image will transport you to your favourite seaside places as they expand and calm down any interior with its serene atmosphere and gorgeous colours. Now, just take a deep breath and relax.

Buy it here - Exclusive to TCH store

 

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Ads

September 24 2014



Australian swimwear brand Seafolly leads the 2014 call of summer by collaborating on a music video with Australian artists, Panama. In a brand first, CEO Anthony Halas chose to launch the Seafolly summer collection in an original, distinctive format showcasing international ambassador Martha Hunt in a music clip directed by Daniel Askill.

 

The music video for Panama's new single "Stay Forever" follows Martha Hunt and a number of girls living in colder climates who are suddenly drawn to water and the irresistible Australian summer. The girls make a magical underwater migration to a secluded Australian beach paradise where they relish in the sun of the soft, white sand.

We are giving our vote of confidence to any brand that has the guts and skill to launch a new product the way Seafolly is doing it.

Hire the talent, be clear on your unique brand voice and execute with confidence. This is exactly the path brands must take today to attract attention - Bill Tikos


Art

October 13 2014

We are planning CJ Hendry's first solo show in December, but want to give you a preview of some of the work we will be showcasing.

Penfolds Grange Hermitage 105 x 155 (sold)

Pool balls - 1 through to 15 - 60cm x 60cm - framed

All the pool balls have been sold - to pre-purchase the others, please get in touch.

Wishbone (sold)

Old School soccer ball (sold)

3 x Cricket Balls - 60cm x 60cm - framed

Golf Ball (sold)

Nike Soccer Ball - 120cm x 120cm - Framed (sold)

Basketball - 120cm x 120cm - Framed (sold)



We arranged for CJ Hendry to meet Kanye West on the last leg of his Australian tour. She presented him with his very own hand-drawn US$100 bank note.

Cj Hendry is exclusively represented by thecoolhunter

 Current issue of Vogue Living


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Art

November 5 2014

Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.


 
The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.


 
Since the first images of her meticulous work were published on Instagram,  CJ Hendry has been exclusively represented by thecoolhunter.


 
She started her series of images of playing cards, one image per crumpled card, and we posted one of the cards on Instagram a week ago. Since then, more than 40 cards have been sold.



We are in the planning stages of introducing the cards – and other CJ Hendry exclusive artworks – at a live space in Sydney or Melbourne next month, but we cannot reveal the details just yet. Keep an eye on The Cool Hunter for final specifics.


 
We are also planning a show of her work in New York for summer 2015.

Each card is 60cm x 60cm framed - To pre order before the show email [email protected]

****UPDATE - All 54 cards have now been sold via our Instagram in 5 days*****


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Design

November 10 2014

Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood.



The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates).



In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square meters (about 8600 square feet) of space. We love the reception area with its minimalist customized furnishings, glass-covered display case and views of the inner courtyard with its lush greenery.



Simplicity, natural materials, finely controlled lighting and tone-on-tone colour schemes create a gracious and calm environment for all of the spaces. Elegant touches, such as heavy linen curtains and beautiful change rooms enhance the ambiance of understated luxury. Tuija Seipell


 

Art

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Pen of Paper artist CJ Hendry Debut solo show in Sydney.

Art

February 5 2015

Pen on Paper Artist CJ Hendry Debut Solo Show, Sydney

Art

March 10 2015

Solitary confinement, food, high end design, prisoners on death-row, final meals, twenty-four hours, and fifty days. It sounds like the subplot for a quirky action film yet instead it’s actually an artistic collision of the senses, represented through beautiful one-of-a-kind hand drawn art.

“50 foods in 50 days” is CJ Hendry’s newest collection and it’s a bold endeavour for an artist who continues to deliver the unexpected.

At first glance it is French designer plates and mouth-watering foods.

However, the collection is so much more than just an exploration of food, high-end design and art. It is revolutionary in the sense of how art is made and exhibited.

For 50 days straight a new edition is released every 24 hours, via Cj's instagram account. (cj_hendry)

Time has placed zero artistic boundaries on quality. The fact that each piece is completed in a 24 hour time frame is truly amazing.

Engrained in each work is CJ’s trademark attention to detail; which magnifies the beautiful micro qualities of items which usually go by unnoticed and unappreciated.

Every single piece draws the viewer in and wrestles with their senses.

Each small line, shade or tone is purposeful and amounts to a final image which pleases the eye and stays true to the incredibly difficult style of art that is photo realism.

The realness of each piece can bring about a reminiscence of a time or place in which a food held personal significance.

It’s art that appeals to your eyes, your mind and your tastebuds. It is a multi-sensory attack which has inspired and formed the basis for a unique exhibition experience.

Hendry will never conform to the confines of a traditional art gallery.

No boring white walls, cheap boxed wine and lack of genuine character. It’s a completely bespoke experience which speaks true to the art.

 
Simply put, it is food on really fancy plates. And thus the exhibition space will become a luxury gourmet food store that blends the art in with a selection of olive oils, chocolates, teas and other gourmet goods.

Contextually it’s a far more relevant way of connecting art lovers with art and it adds a theatrical element to the art viewing experience.

Gallery goers become far more immersed in what the art means rather than standing back at a distance and wondering.

From the manner in which the works are made, to how they are displayed, it truly is a unique collection.

Even the initial concept behind the collection is far from normal. In fact, it is riddled with irony.

What began with the question “if you were a death-row prisoner, what would your final meal be?”, resulted in CJ being confined to a room for 50 days straight. Jailed by her own artistic ambitions in order to complete the ambitious task at hand.

Honouring her appreciation for the finer things in life, CJ took this idea to another level. Deciding that should she ever find herself in this very unfortunate predicament, she’d want her final meal to be served on the luxury of a Hermes plate. 

This was the birth of ’50 foods in 50 days’ and so far 48 of the 50 artworks have already been sold. - David Mousa.

CJ’s Melbourne exhibition is expected to be a completely different experience to her highly successful Sydney show in Dec, 2014. It opens March 27 in Melbourne and will be active for three weeks. In the mean time for those who want a taste of the collection visit CJ’s Instagram page @cj_hendry and for purchasing enquiries [email protected]


A New York show is planned for Summer 2015. Cj Hendry is exclusively represented by thecoolhunter.

 

 

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Design

March 16 2015

Humming puppy? That’s quite a kooky name for a luxe Melbourne yoga studio – the humming is a nod to the Arup audio engineer designed sound system that delivers an exquisite hum soundtrack around the yoga studio; the puppy is a nod to the ubiquitous downward dog yoga pose.

Clients leave a nondescript inner-city Prahran side street, climb a set of industrial stairs into the studio (known here as a shala) and enter a cocooned space where every detail of the design – custom lighting, soundtrack and interiors is geared towards preparing yogis physically and mentally for their practice.



Co-founders Jackie Alexander and Chris Koch wanted to create a different yoga studio experience – part day spa pampering, part ‘get on that mat’ yoga practice and worked with architects (and yoga practitioners) Louisa Macleod and Karen Abernethy and ARUP to create a new kind of studio.

The studio space features Silvertop Ash shiplap interior cladding that gives it a minimalist barn feel. Walls have extra layers of soundproofing to genuinely cocoon clients from the outside world. The 380 square metres yoga studio (known as a shala) features three tiers of mats, accommodating up to 39 students per class, soaring 10-metre high ceilings and engineered oak floorboards. Clients can book specific sanitized mats online before classes.



“Conceptually the preparation area (front of house) is intended as a 'refuge' - pure, simple and white with touches of timber,” says Louisa. “Whereas the yoga practice space is intended as a 'sublime' space, a universe of its own complete with pure black walls and linings.”  The entire studio is sound proofed (well there is a pole dancing studio next door) and a Sonos system pipes in a specially commissioned soundtrack of soundwaves at 40hz  - a frequency associated with ‘gamma’ brain wave activity and states of peak performance; it is meant to help people tune into the practice and not get distracted. Another layer of sound comes in the form of a 7.83hz, otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance that helps to 'ground' yogis during practice. Together they create an unmistakable hum that resonates throughout the classes. The shala is heated to exactly 27 degrees by a series of radiant heat panels too so it is all rather idyllic for yoga practitioners.



Clients can just turn up in their yoga gear – all props such as mat, belts, blocks, shower/workout towels and meditation cushions are supplied. Bathrooms offer five-star standards – fresh towels, toiletries, hair straighteners, driers even lockers with phone charging capability.

Amenities aside, real innovation here is the ingenious soundtrack. Co-founder Koch (an IT entrepreneur who created successful startup 1Form) had a “lightbulb moment” to add the gamma soundtrack to classes to stop people getting too distracted during their poses and tune into their practice. Humming Puppy also does the “afterclass”; offering chilled coconut water and warm green tea. Humming Puppy seems to have found a happy balance between luxury and simplicity. Says Louisa: “Luxury can be attributed to the generosity of space.  This balance is maintained by a simple and raw material selection combined with fine detailing in the construction and the touches of more fine materials (brass etc.) in some of the fittings.”



For co-owner Jackie, the afterclass experience is key. “We wanted a place where people could hang out,” says Jackie. “We felt what was lacking in a lot of yoga studios.” There is a clear advantage in the architects genuinely understanding the end-users’ needs. Says Louisa: “The fact that we both practice yoga and have done so in many places all over the world definitely informed the design process as we know how a good yoga studio should function.  We are aware of the rituals and how the spaces should flow.” - Emily Ross.

 

Art

March 28 2015

The work of an extraordinary artistic talent such as CJ Hendry deserves and demands more than plain white walls for its showcase.
 
That was the approach The Cool Hunter took right from the beginning with her meticulous hand-drawn art work.


 
TCH first introduced her in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Art Hunter experience in conjunction with Jaguar.
 
This was followed by her first solo presentation, a four-day exclusive art and food reception at a private luxury residence in Sydney.


 
Following that successful sell out debut, TCH has just launched CJ Hendry’s 50 Foods in 50 Days Gourmet Experience in Melbourne.
 
Every one of CJ Hendry’s pieces has been sold out prior to the three events, and such was the case with 50 Foods in 50 Days as well. Each of the 50 square black-and-white hand-drawn pieces, depicting photo-realistic French designer plates with various food items, was sold as soon as the series was announced. The hunger for her art seems to be insatiable!


 
The CJ Hendry Gourmet Art Experience takes place from March 27 to April 12 at 166 Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne’s most interesting neighbourhood. The space used to be a paint store until Kalex Boutique Property Development transformed it into an event space.


 
To create an arresting milieu for the art and the food, The Cool Hunter briefed its go-to event designer extraordinaire, Sydney-based Natalie Longheon, to create a minimal monochrome gourmet food store stocked with the best packaged food products from Australia and around the world.


 
As usual, Natalie more than delivered. Dramatic black envelopes the viewer and draws all attention to the mesmerizing art and intriguing gourmet food. The dramatic launch event build and production was by Moth Design.


 
Catering for our opening was by Melbourne’s best caterer, Georgina Damm from Damm Fine Food. Black cones filled with Parmesan and horseradish gelato topped with caviar and flowers.


 
Adding to the dark-theme, make-up artist Kate Radford applied smoky eyes for all the waiters. Water for the event was by San Pellegrino, beer by Sample and wine by Handpickedwines.


 
Coffee is provided by Melbourne’s coffee tasting specialists at Sensory Lab who created a pop up coffee store for the duration of the CJ Hendry experience.


 
The event branding and graphic design was created by Paper Stone Scissors and the paper for the Art Catalogue was provided by Spicers Australia.



Photography by Peter Tarasiuk.

CJ Hendry Gourmet Art Experience
 
166 Gertrude St
Fitzroy
 
27 March - 12 April
Monday's - Closed
Tue to Friday - 12pm - 8pm
Sat/Sun - 10am - 4pm
 
Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday - open Easter Saturday
 


 

 

 

 

Offices

June 1 2015

What kind of society would we live in if architecture and design were merely just jobs instead of expressive art forms that articulated the beliefs and values of people, organizations and cultures? This is an age old question which faces designers every single day.



In conjunction with Australian health care provider Medibank, a creative collaboration of designers set out to express the values of health and wellbeing established by the company and in doing so have done far more than just their jobs.

Perhaps to the average person it’s a very cool set of stairs yet when you consider it from a design point of view it’s a successful and impressive feat of creativity.



Traditionally we place so much emphasis on the places and spaces we are going to and we forget to acknowledge the importance of the transitional points which get us there.

In this particular case the stairs are the focal point and they certainly don’t disappoint. They are not as much as a distraction to the eye yet more of a piece of art the eye can’t stop looking at. They are levels upon levels of curvilinear vibrancy, acting in an abstract way to shape the boundary of a light filled void space which sets the scene for this beautiful building.

They truly serve an important purpose.  



Located in Melbourne’s Docklands, Medibank Place is a statement piece promoting the companies beliefs of ‘better health for everyone’, from customers to the people who come to work there every day.

The design of the new workplace was a further extension of a major cultural change from Medibank who have taken a particular focus on preventative health and wellbeing.



The aspiration of Medibank is to create one of the healthiest workplaces in the world. With this in mind the design teams of Chris Connell Design, Kerry Phelan Design Office, Russell and George and HASSELL Architects collectively set out to make this vision a reality.   



It’s a workplace which is emphatic of movement, flexibility, freedom, creativity, interaction and engagement; all points which we associate with positive physical and mental health. It’s amazing to think the endless possibilities good design can have and in this case it now sets the benchmark for healthier workplaces and hopefully in turn a healthier society.



The buildings form has been established so that employees are able to roam freely and work in any of the 26 different work settings at their disposal. These spaces range from indoor quiet zones and collaborative hubs to wifi-enabled balconies and the buildings public park.



The stairs act as the heart of this operation and are a key piece of design in achieving successful movement from zone to zone. The intention behind this being that staff feel both empowered whilst encouraged to move around during the day which is crucial to staying healthy.

In essence these stairs are Medibank ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to promoting better health and equally important are an example of careful, considerate and socially conscious design.  On any given day they can take you on a new and unique journey to being a better person and this is what good design is all about; changing lives and inspiring minds. - David Mousa. (Photography Earl Carter) 



Stores

July 15 2015

We have opened The Cool Hunter Store – our antidote to boring shopping experiences - this past weekend in the Prahan neighbourhood of Melbourne.

The Cool Hunter Store
142 Commercial Road
Prahran Vic 3181


Hours
Monday: Closed
Tue - Thur 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Sat & Sun - 10am - 4pm
 
shop.thecoolhunter.net
[email protected]
P: 1300 739 661



We have created pop-up shops and galleries before, but this one will be a bit longer-term. How long, you ask. We have no idea. We will work it as long as it is interesting to our guests and to us.

(Our window display features The Horse photograph by Sarah McColgan)


 
The Cool Hunter Store is part art gallery and part shop, but everything is sourced by The Cool Hunter, and everything is for sale. Art, lights, books, gourmet foods, fashion accessories and so on.


 
We will keep everything fresh and exclusive, and the selection will change regularly so that visiting the store is interesting each time, and there are always goods here that you can’t find anywhere else.


 
As shopping has become more and more boring, with mind-numbing sameness across airports, high streets, shopping centres and brands, there seems little point in getting excited about a new store. So we know the bar is high.


 
But we also know that the sameness is the result of brands, stores and managers choosing to be followers rather than leaders. It is so much easier to produce and sell the same colours, styles, hem lengths, materials and products as everybody else. They all go to the same trade shows, same fashion shows, same predictable sources – so is it any wonder that the result is dull and boring?

Living room space created by stylist Steve Cordony
 
The wall panels are by 3D Wall Panels which we also used for the CJ Hendry space at our Art Hunter event in Sydney over a year ago.


 
Our approach is different, and far more time-consuming, but we are trying to un-bore ourselves here, too. We hope that as a result, we will be able to offer our guests a worthwhile experience in return.


 
And, as always, we used Natalie Longheon from Just Add Cream, our go-to girl to create our space. Time after time, she has executed everything from start to finish perfectly. We can trust her completely which is why we use her constantly. She always delivers.


 
We plan to use the 260 square-meter space also for client product activations, events, launches and whatever else interests us.

LED infinity mirror artwork by American artist Peter Gronquist, available exclusively at TCH gallery store.

Flowers by Melbourne's most iconic florist - The Studio by Fleur.

The Cool Box – our version of a cool, customized luxury gift “hamper” - will be launching in a few months. We are currently perfecting the packaging for it.

Our amazing floors by George Feathers
Paint by Taubmans
Production and Build by Moth Design

Anthony Gargasz Metallic Head

shop.thecoolhunter.net

A large CJ Hendry drawing of a Giorgio Armani shopping bag was sold just a few hours prior to opening to a customer in Vancouver.

LED infinity mirror of policeman by Peter Gronquist.

Photographed by Sam Bisso


Offices

August 9 2015

For more than a decade, shared offices have been an option for business in most larger cities around the world. Creating and renting out such premises is a highly competed business and success is not guaranteed.
 
The necessary ingredients include a fine balance of location-appropriate sizing, pricing and design, a customizable set of services and facilities, and of course a favourable location.


 
We’ve seen both boring and inspiring examples. Some of them are not much more than bland office pens or chairs and desks for rent. Some are too casual and communal, or veering too far toward the creative-businesses-having-fun-together variety.
 
Not everyone who wants a shared office environment is looking for constant interaction, open-concept layouts or the minimum of luxury.


 
Elegance, privacy and high-end design are also on the must-have-list of many potential tenants of such spaces.
 
All of these less-frequently-seen attributes have come together in Paramount by The Office Space, a cool retrofit of the 1940s Paramount Pictures building at 80 Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia.


 
The Office Space founders Boris and Naomi Tosic are veterans of the shared office game in Sydney. Boris Tosic’s high-end office fit-out firm, Elan Construct, was in charge of building and joinery in this project.
 
To transform the heritage-listed landmark Art Deco building into a 22-suite luxury office space taking up the total of almost 300 square meters (3,230 Sq.ft.) , the Tosics engaged global architecture, design and consulting firm Woods Bagot.


 
Woods Bagot principal, Domenic Alvaro, who with Todd Hammond formed the Woods Bagot project team, says that the concept and harmony come from “ … creating a simultaneously functional and aesthetically beautiful experience in every detail.”
 
Mid-century modernist vibes are strong in the space. American Cherry and oak panelling is curved to echo the building’s exterior and to form visually soft divisions.
 


Additional materials - limestone, marble, goat-hair carpet – are used in features customized for the project.
 
A three-dimensional ceiling of timber and brass ties it all together, as period-appropriate lighting by Light Practice.
 
Brass and leather accents and mid-century pieces from Molteni Co and Walter Knoll are perfect with the BassamFellows hand-crafted furniture and select pieces from Australian AB Projects’ inaugural collection


 
The overall effect is akin to a boutique hotel where the rooms are in fact offices and work spaces.
 
We suspect that this trend will be strong in globally the near future as more and more successful professional individuals and businesses are looking for workspace to align with their style and brand. - Tuija Seipell.

Art

August 30 2015

We are excited to announce that CJ Hendry is working on another super-cool, exclusive series of hand-drawn images: The Alphabet!

Never one to take the easy way out, she has chosen to draw shiny, metallic helium balloons.

Drawing anything with just a pen is tough enough - impossible formost of us - but to draw massive photographic images of reflective 3D objects is incredible!

But in her typical low-key fashion, CJ Hendry says she decided to create the alphabet series from a set of shiny balloons because she "just likes the mirror effect and the reflection of the balloons, but mostly because it's just fun!"

Only one image of each letter will be available plus two special characters: $ (dollar sign) and & (ampersand).
She has just started drawing the images and half of them are already sold! If you are interested, contact us;
Framed size: 90cm x 90cm

 

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